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Smooch photo in media not in good taste: SC

December 17, 2004 19:20 IST
Last Updated: December 17, 2004 19:31 IST

A recent photograph published in newspapers and displayed on TV channels showing two Bollywood actors in an intimate pose was not in good taste, the Supreme Court observed on Friday.

A Bench comprising Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice D M Dharmadhikari made the observation while dealing with an issue relating to the media's right to freedom of expression and its limits.

The issue came up while the Bench was admitting a petition by N Ravi, Editor of the daily newspaper, The Hindu, challenging the validity of Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code. According to the Section, the media is liable for reporting incidents pertaining to important persons in public life.

Appearing for the editor, senior advocates Harish Salve and Aparajita Singh contended that the provisions of the Section could pose a grave threat to the media's right to freedom of expression. That is because important personalities could initiate defamation proceedings even if the media reported true incidents, they argued.

Salve said the media, in public interest and public good, had to report the activities of famous personalities.

He suggested that the aggrieved party could first prima facie show to the court how their reputation was tarnished due to media reports before filing defamation suits.

However, the Bench, pointing to the controversy generated by the photograph, said, "That cannot be in public good. In the name of public good, the media might go on doing whatever it intended to do."

Salve said the court should take up the matter and help strike a balance between public interest and defamation.

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Number of User Comments: 15

Sub: Why has Kareena not been arrested yet ?

Doing obscene acts in public places is an offence by law. Both Kareena and Shahid are culpable of this offence. If Police can ghasseet the ...

Posted by Prem Pujari

Sub: Indian Culture ?

This has become a very common nowadays. Vulgarity has to be restricted. Old songs are also remixed in a very vulgar manner. Where is the ...

Posted by Praveen

Sub: What a waste of media time/money?

Well see its a public fact that Kareena Kapoor and Shaid Kapoor have a relationship going between them.So what if they kiss/smooch each other?The issue ...

Posted by Anandh

Sub: so what?

oh my god... why do they have to make a big deal out of everything.. so what they kissed? u get tabloids and movies across ...

Posted by Nadeem

Sub: hi

Does the gov have nothing better to do than comment on who is kissing whom. I guess there are other important things which he SC ...

Posted by Karanbir


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